FAVOURITE: Celebrities, locals and expats alike have been drawn to the Roman Oasis over the years

POPULAR expat restaurant The Roman Oasis is to permanently close, its owner has announced.

Founder, British expat, Paul Hickling, 74, announced the end of his 36-year reign, saying that now is a ‘fitting’ moment to close.

The father-of-three and restaurateur told the Olive Press: “I have no plan to sell the restaurant unless we sold it as a whole with house.

Roman Oasis paul hickling CREDIT MANILVA LIFE
LEGEND: Paul Hickling, founder of The Roman Oasis

“I Couldn’t have anyone else running my Roman Oasis could I?”

Located in Manilva, the renowned Costa del Sol eatery, known to be the favourite of TV chef Keith Floyd, was much more than just a restaurant.

Over its four decades, The Roman Oasis attracted thousands of guests, with its quirky decor, fantastic food, and charming host Paul.

INSPIRATION: Paul even turned his adventures into a book

So much so, Paul even turned his gastronomic escapades into a book, My Roman Oasis, which chronicles the roller-coaster journey of his life at the helm.

After living the high life of pretty girls and fast cars in Puerto Banus, Paul introduced The Roman Oasis to the world in 1981, as celebrities flocked to the coast’s beaches.

Due to be 74 next week, Paul said he made his decision to close ‘after much soul searching’, simultaneously announcing his retirement.

EXPERIENCE: The Roman Oasis was more than just a restaurant

He added: “It’s been on my mind for the last few years and I’ve always justified re-opening but time passes rapidly and it’s time to smell the roses.

“It is very fitting to close now and not do a ‘last season’ with all which it entails and it’s nice to finish when the business was still packing them in.

“I know this may disappoint some of you and I would like to thank the thousands and thousands of people who walked through the gates.

“I hope I gave you a good time. You certainly gave me one!”

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